Angeline, oatmeal is a snap to make in the microwave. The usual proportions of oats and water in a 1 qt. Corning measuring "cup." It has a tendency to foam over the edge of a bowl, so the tall straight sides of the glass measuring cup keep it all in where it is supposed to be (the 2-cup size doesn't seem to be tall enough...) 3-4 minutes cooking and a couple of minutes more to rest and completely absorb the water. Basically, I put it in the mic, hit the "Add Minute" button three times, and go away to do something else for 5-6 minutes. It's ready to eat when I come back. What's more, you don't get the bottom layer of glued-on oats that requires a sandblaster to clean the cookpot...
.... and discovered a whole new flavor.
I call it "Campfire Oatmeal". The ads will say stuff like:
"It will remind you of those open campfires in the woods, when you were one with nature!"
"No artificial additives or flavorings. Nothing except plain oats, kissed with an all natural smoky flavor."
"Perk up your mornings with an all new taste treat!"
Scorching those oats may have been a serendipitous event. I just tossed in a dollop of real butter and a little sugar, and had my fill.:-)
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